Shane Larkin is shooting really poorly since Christmas

Larkin got off to a hot start, but has cooled off of late.
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Shane Larkin got off to one heck of a hot start to this season. On a team without much shooting at all, Larkin was the only reliable three-point shooter on the NEts, the only player consistently sinking shots from beyond the arc. 

Lately, that hasn’t been the case.

Larkin must’ve had a bad holiday, because Christmas seems to be the day that things turned around. After the year’s merriest holiday, the Nets backup point guard is averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 assists in 23.1 minutes. More importantly, he’s hitting just 41 percent of his field-goal attempts and only 25 percent of his threes.

From Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

“There’s some difficulty for [Larkin],” [interim coach Tony] Brown said. “Maybe he’s not seeing the floor as well as the others. The turnovers, not taking shots when he’s open, those kinds of things, we just have to keep working with him on it. Video helps — maybe seeing it, maybe giving him some direction. We’re going to keep working on him. We’re not down on him; but we want him to play a little better.”

Larkin was shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from three before this cold stretch. There’s only one explanation, and it’s probably not anything interim coach Tony Brown thought of during his surmising: The Grinch stole his shot.